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14 skills every professional should have

But there are certain skills that are absolute must-haves, no matter what type of career you pursue.<p>Unfortunately, no one tells you what those skills <i>are</i> until they realize you don't have them — like when you fumble through your first presentation at work because you never learned the art of public …

Employment

Want to Start a Freelance Business? 12 Successful Freelancers Share Their Best Advice

Experience is a great teacher, but so is learning from people who have been there and done that -- extremely well.<p>You have the skills. You have the desire. You have the persistence, work ethic, and belief in yourself required to start your own business and become a successful freelancer.<p>But what …

Small Business

What Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and 13 other highly successful tech people were doing at age 25

At the time, many were already founding or making deals with multimillion-dollar companies, or simply dreaming up how they could make their dent in the universe.<p>In other words, it varied from tech titan to tech titan, and it all goes to show that there's no one path to success.<p>To underscore that …

Silicon Valley

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

This Chip Will Give Your Phone AI Modeled On The Human Brain

MIT’s “Eyeriss” chip would allow for neural networks to run locally on your phone without an Internet connection.<p>In computing, a neural network is a collection of processors that mimic the way the human brain works. Simply put, a neural network analyzes data, learns about it, and then decides how …

Artificial Intelligence

Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer. - Vox

Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats.<p>But what she was …

Empathy

Learn to code Java, the world’s most popular programming language

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Shutterstock The world of coding is moving very fast. Years ago coding was mostly kept to computer programs and the occasional robot. …

Programming

Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator

Diamonds in the sky might recall a popular Beatles song, but researcher from Penn State University think that's exactly where these diamonds …

Chemistry

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed light on the mysteries of the brain …

The Brain

The 8 types of intelligence that influence how successful you are

We all know of successful businesses started by first-time entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, and according to many sources, "street smarts" (experience) tends to trump "book smarts" (intelligence) every time.<p>Another perspective is that there are in fact multiple types of intelligence, and we …

Artificial Intelligence

Physicists Show ‘Molecules’ Made of Light May Be Possible

It’s not lightsaber time, not yet. But a team including theoretical physicists from JQI and NIST has taken another step toward building objects out …

Homo naledi, a new species of human, discovered in a cave in South Africa

Scientists find fossils of our ancient relative, who had surprisingly human-like features, in a remote cave near Johannesburg<p>Early humans buried their dead in caves, scientists have found, after discovering a new species hidden in a burial chamber.<p>At least 15 skeletons of the species - named Homo …

The US just called out Putin over ISIS as Russian soldiers join the fight in Syria

A Reuters report confirms that Russians are taking part in the fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad.<p>"The Russians are no longer just advisors," a Lebanese source told Reuters.<p>"The Russians have decided to join the war against terrorism."<p>Russia's increased military involvement in …

Middle East

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

Injected electronics: The next wave of wearable tech?

Forget Google Glass and that Fitbit you used to wear; the ultimate in wearable computing isn't worn on your body, but embedded within it. With chips …

Wearable Tech

A Magnetic 'Wormhole' That Connects Two Regions of Space Was Created in The Lab

Two years ago ... this was weird.<p>Back in 2015, researchers in Spain created a tiny magnetic wormhole for the first time ever. They used it to connect …

Physics

Which Meditation Is Right for You?

You’ve probably heard that meditation can reduce stress, boost your immune system, and make you a happier, more focused person. But, there are so …

If we live in one of multiple universes, here's how we could find out

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics.<p>But the idea that we live in a "multiverse" made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility — …

Quantum Mechanics

5 psychology secrets for great interaction design

It’s becoming more important every day for your designs to connect more with users and include a “human element.” Website and user experience design needs to feel real, from aesthetics to interactions to motion (perceived and real) to emotional connection.<p>The problem designers most often encounter …

UI Design

Why Creating A Meaningful Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful

For the majority of my child and adult life, I never considered myself a "morning person." I was a night owl. During my architecture school career I worked late through the night and slept in the mornings. When I started working at an Architecture firm, I conformed to getting up at 7 a.m... but I …

Productivity

11 morning routine tweaks that will make the rest of your day more productive

I don't know anyone who couldn't use a little boost in their energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. What they found will change the way you start your day.<p>The …

Time Management

Scenic Trips on the World’s Most Luxurious Trains Photos

Seven Stars in Kyushu<p>Japan’s ultraluxe rail line traverses the dramatic mountainous island of Kyushu, stopping at the rustic town of Yufuin, a destination famous for its hot springs.<p>Every detail is considered in the Seven Stars’ passenger suites. The walls feature Kumiko latticework, made by local …

Japan

26 habits of exceptionally successful people, according to a journalist who studied 500 millionaires

Self-made industrialist Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man on the planet in the early 20th century and was a student of what it takes to achieve greatness. In 1908, he met with the journalist Napoleon Hill and decided that Hill would be the vehicle for sharing his strategies with the …

Self-improvement

Earth - What is our Universe made of?

If an alien managed to visit our Universe from a parallel reality, there is a high chance they would not even notice we exist.<p>In a way that's obvious: the Universe is enormous and our planet is but a small, pale blue dot. But it's worse than that: the aliens might not even notice all the stars and …

Dark Matter

This is what happens when you fall into a black hole (pictures)

Welcome to your black hole!<p>All of your science profs become instant liars<p>You lose a hell of a lot of weight<p>You just break down<p>You're drawn and quartered...and then eighth-ed<p>You go back to basics...as in atoms<p>Unless you don’t<p>Size matters: Pick your poison<p>Your local hole is no threat<p>Small is dangerous<p>…

Black Holes

10 things you can learn in 10 minutes that will change your life

In fact, more than two-thirds of employees reported being overloaded at work, according to Cornerstone's 2014 State Of Workplace Productivity Report. And 84% think the overload won't be letting up anytime soon — it's increasing.<p>In light of this reality, you're probably searching for the best …

Productivity

U of T students’ artificially intelligent robot signs with Dentons law firm

A class project-turned-startup launched by University of Toronto students that uses IBM's artificially intelligent Watson computer to do legal research now has backing from Dentons, the world's largest law firm.<p>Called Ross, the app uses Watson, which won the TV quiz show <i>Jeopardy!</i> in 2011, to scour …

Artificial Intelligence